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Earn your master’s in biblical theology or strategic leadership

North Central University features two distinct online Master of Arts graduate programs to choose from: biblical theology and strategic leadership. In addition, each program offers specialized degree tracks to fit your goals and aspirations. Learn more about North Central’s affordable, flexible, and valuable graduate degrees below.

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Graduate degrees available at North Central University

Why earn a graduate degree at North Central?

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Affordable payment plan

Our graduate programs have the lowest cost (overall per credit) for programs of our type in the Twin Cities.

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Remaining one of the most affordable Christian colleges is something we strive for. Plus, we understand that no one wants to shoulder the financial burden of furthering their education alone. We offer a no-interest monthly payment plan (the Ram Plan) that breaks up the cost of obtaining your degree into smaller, more manageable pieces.

Discounts are available for Assemblies of God and Pentecostal Family Credentialed Ministers, full-time Assemblies of God church employees, full-time NCU employees, and NCU alumni.

Many employers also offer tuition reimbursement for employees pursuing graduate degrees.

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Flexible schedule

See how easily NCU's graduate degrees fit in your schedule.

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The online Strategic Leadership Degree is 30 credits and is designed to be finished in 10 courses, allowing you to start and finish quickly and efficiently. All required courses are offered every academic year so you can move through the program on a schedule that works for you.

The online Biblical Theology degree is 36 credits and is also offered in a convenient, fully online format to be completed in 12 courses. The program will become available in the Fall 2021 semester and applications are open now!

Choose your schedule

  • Evening classes to fit comfortably with your daily schedule
  • Fast-track options for obtaining your degree quicker (1, 2, and 3-year options)
  • Classes fully online

4+1 program

  • Our undergraduate degrees are designed to feed directly into our M.A. in Strategic Leadership program and tracks, so after you earn your B.A. you can earn a master’s degree with one-two additional years of education.
  • Learn more about the 4+1 program.
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Amplify your leadership

Christopher Vincent ’00, is a lead pastor whose M.A. in Strategic Leadership gave him a new approach.

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Christopher Vincent ’00 knows what busy is. Vincent is the lead pastor at The Bridge Church in St. Francis, MN, oversees a growing church plant, has a wife and five children, and now completed his Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership at North Central University.

The ceremonial hooding for the master’s degree candidate was a meaningful close to his graduate studies, although it’s the work he did in the program that makes Vincent especially proud. He said the highlight of the MASL program was his senior capstone project, for which he wrote a book on church planting. “As a church growth fanatic not finding much in the context of rural churches,” Vincent noted, “I was able to produce something from my research and experience. Writing a book was challenging and fulfilling.”

Beyond the book or academic papers, Vincent found the MASL program to be practical and readily applicable to his work. “The degree helped me utilize new project approaches, see people through Christ’s eyes, and learn ethics on a whole new level,” Vincent said. His coursework even inspired him to restructure his staff meetings.

Through the program and with the help of his graduate advisor, Vincent has accomplished a lifelong dream. After celebrating his graduation milestone with his biggest cheerleaders—his family—he is eager to continue his leadership journey. “The degree was not a ‘stepping stone,’ per se, but rather a honing of my skills to help me lead where I am planted.”

Have questions? Ask Adam!

Adam Hill

Graduate Admissions Counselor


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. North Central University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

No. North Central University is a verified 501c3 non-profit university.

Yes. North Central University was founded in 1930 and we have called downtown Minneapolis our home ever since. We proudly prepare students for global leadership and ministry through top-quality academic programs, a spirit-empowered community, and an exciting downtown Minneapolis campus. The most recent data indicates that 94% of respondents had obtained employment within 6 months after graduation.

Yes! North Central provides financial aid to all of its students! Students may also apply for federal assistance through FAFSA.

The student to faculty ratio at NCU is 15:1

NCU has over 60 academic programs, including majors and minors.

NCU has 5 different colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, College of Fine Arts, College of Church Leadership, and the College of Graduate and Professional Education.